Teen Dies After Snowmobile Crash In Oakland County

WWJ News
November 13, 2019 - 12:32 pm

INDEPENDENCE TWP. (WWJ) - A Lake Orion student, who had the day off school because of heavy snow, has died after being thrown from the back of a snowmobile during a crash in Oakland County. 

The incident happened around 4 p.m. Tuesday, a day after a historic storm dumped nearly one foot of snow across southeast Michigan. Police say the 13-year-old girl was riding on a snowmobile with a 13-year-old boy, who was following behind his 55-year-old father on another snowmobile.

The Sheriff's office says the group was riding in the area of Whipple Lake and N. Eston roads in Independence Township when the father slowed down or was stopping on the side of the road. The boy, who lives in Orion Township, failed to stop and struck his father's snowmobile.

The girl was thrown from the snowmobile and was seriously injured; she was not breathing but had a pulse. A bystander administered CPR until the girl was transported to St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital, where she later died. She was identified only as an Orion Township resident. 

The teen driver was also taken to the hospital and last reported in stable condition. The father was not injured.

All three riders were wearing helmets, according to police. Drugs and alcohol also do not appear to be factors.

Police are working with school administrators regarding the notification and counseling of Lake Orion students.

"We were devastated to learn of the tragic death of one of our students," Superintendent Marion Ginopolis said in a statement. "Our heartfelt condolences go to the family and friends."